This Weekend: Jake Gyllenhaal Prowls; “WKRP” Sings

In Theaters This Weekend: Just one film to mention, but it’s a doozy: Nightcrawler, a frenetic tale of ambition, greed and the seamy underbelly of TV news. At Home: Finally, the classic sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati arrives with its glorious rock ’n’ roll soul restored.   Nightcrawler Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a wild-eyed go-getter who discovers a local TV producer (Rene Russo) will pay him big bucks for video footage of accidents and crime scenes. When his ambition drives him …

“Gone Girl” Gets the Weekend Going

Two very different types of getaways figure in this week’s theatrical debuts, while a new DVD set invites you to warm up to some mighty cold characters. Gone Girl Hotly anticipated by fans of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel, the film version of Gone Girl (adapted by the author) is a crackerjack mystery. It makes you wonder (in the following order) who’s dead, who killed them, whether anyone’s dead at all, and who might be next. Ben Affleck plays Nick Dunne, …

The New ‘Gone Girl’? You Decide

Everybody’s looking for the next Gone Girl – publishers, who want to mimic the success of Gillian Flynn’s summer 2012 thriller that sold more than six million copies, and readers, who gobbled up every word (weak ending and all). No surprise, then, that publishers and industry-watchers have hyped any number of books as “the next Gone Girl.“ Random House is pitching The Weight of Blood, a March 2014 release by Laura McHugh, “for fans of Gillian Flynn.” The Wall Street Journal described the …

This Year’s “Gone Girl”?

Have you heard? This year’s Gone Girl is The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison. Or at least that’s how Julie Bosman of The New York Times recently anointed Harrison’s dark and engaging thriller. For my money, The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes deserves the comparison instead, but there’s no denying the allure of The Silent Wife. Take, for example, the twisted dynamic between long-time companions Jodi and Todd, a successful 40-something couple in Chicago whose life starts to …